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Point of Sale program allows customers to care for their neighbors

Last week we featured a story here about the retail partners who say yes to our iconic red kettle. We’ll be forever grateful to them for their kindness to us and the people we serve. But what about the companies who have a “no solicitation” or other policy which will not permit them to welcome our kettles but still want to do good?

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“Everyone laughed at Noah but he’s the only one who had a plan”

In October our news was full of coverage about a recent downpour that created mudslides and flash flooding along the “Grapevine” – the highway that connects California’s central valley to Los Angeles. The flooding claimed at least one life and created significant property damage.

That story is a painful reminder about how intense rainfall and flooding can threaten our safety. Thankfully, there’s still time to get prepared and review some tried and true safety tips.

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Santa Monica prayer walk for the victims of Human Trafficking

Yesterday, Salvation Army church-members, staff, volunteers and supporters around the world stopped to offer focused prayer for The Salvation Army’s ministry to trafficked people and to call on God to uplift the victims and change the hearts of those who gain financially from this modern-day slavery. But some did more than that.

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School supplies can help low-income kids make lasting change

Every day, Salvation Army do gooders – whether they work here full time or support our mission in their spare time – dream up ways to create good and lasting change for people in need. We’re always working on new and existing programs, bright ideas and special projects to give people opportunities they don’t know how to make on their own. One of our favorite ways to create good and lasting change is to make sure kids from low-income families are excited about school and have everything they need to succeed.

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Salvation Army hosts Special Olympics athletes for breakfast in LA’s South Bay

More than thirty athletes from Haiti, Benin and Suriname will be guests of The Salvation Army in Redondo Beach for breakfast this week in the lead up to the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony on Saturday, July 25th. The athletes range in age from 16 to 40 years old are are staying at hotels in the Redondo Beach area. Each morning they’ll be shuttled to The Salvation Army on Beryl Street for scrambled eggs, waffles, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit!

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L.A. Clippers & Chris Paul bless Salvation Army in Compton, CA

Here at The Salvation Army, we love a do-gooder! One of our favorites is Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul’s family foundation is responsible for a lot of good around Los Angeles as is the very generous team he plays for. Last Friday we got to see what the Chris Paul Family Foundation and Denise Booth’s crew from the L.A. Clippers Foundation did to create an environment for learning and play at The Salvation Army in Compton, California.

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Salvation Army helps outfit Pasadena students for the prom

According to a survey by Visa, it can cost as much than $1,000 to go to the prom in California. The prom isn’t everything to a high schooler but it’s something. Something important. So if there’s a way to make it possible for more kids who can’t afford it to have the experience, then shouldn’t we do it? Thankfully, my friend Pat Riley at The Salvation Army in Pasadena thinks so.

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Food 4 Less, Rancho San Miguel Markets & Jamberry Nails: 3 companies with <3

Like people, companies have values. And they often have hearts too. Two grocery stores and one beauty product company decided that they could do some good this Christmas season for people in need by going a little above and beyond. PAQ Inc. Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets are long-time supporters of our traditional […]

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Salvation Army and Marines’ Toys for Tots are making Christmas happen in SoCal!

This time of year The Salvation Army in Southern California gets to see a lot of the Marines. For the last three years, we’ve been the distribution partner for their famous Toys for Tots campaign. It’s estimated that we’ll get a whopping 150,000 toys from them to give to kids whose families are struggling to provide […]

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Now It’s Our Turn to Serve Them

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz and Washington Post editor Rajiv Chandrasekaren collaborated on a book that was released this week, just in time for Veterans Day, called “For Love of Country.” They found that 55% of Iraq veterans felt disconnected from civilian life when they returned from deployment. That’s because fewer than 1% of Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan and most of the other 99% who didn’t were too busy with their own lives to notice when they came home.

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We’re using @CommuniGift to kick off Back to School in SoCal!

Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school? Wearing a new outfit, equipped with new notebooks, pencils, backpack and unlimited possibility! Share that memory by assisting an in-need child get ready for the upcoming school year.

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A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home

Last week my colleague Kevin White called with an incredible story. He works at The Salvation Army in Orange County, California and was able to witness a small miracle come together. Here’s what he told me.

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